Something else that I think should definitely be pointed out is that, as Judith Clancy wrote in Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital, "Without making the trek to the top of 233-meter [high] Mt. Inari, you really cannot claim to have seen the shrine." And yes, for the record, I did trek up and down hill, and on a downhill path that crossed paths with the one I took uphill a couple of times, yet offered up a whole host of interesting -- and often also unexpected -- sights nonetheless.
And while I can see how this trek would not be everyone (including the not so fit), one really doesn't see even one tenth of this shrine's sights without venturing past its famous -- and much photographed -- double row of torii -- as I hope that this photo-essay (and the previous one) helps to show:-
The red headgear on this dragon at one of the shrine's
water ablution troughs doesn't make it look less fearsome!
At another water ablution spot is an animal
that I know is supposed to be a fox but whose visage
looks like a great big mouse/rat's to me!!
Upon getting up to the not very structurally impressive
highest point of the shrine, the saying that
"It's the journey, not the destination" leaps to mind... ;b
Mt Inari is a sacred Shinto site -- but it
also is home to a few Buddhist shrines
Still, there's no where near as many Buddha figures on Mt Inari
as torii and also fox head figurines and fox statues!
A praying mantis visited the shrine while I was there!
I didn't spot any real-life frogs while there -- instead,
I spotted big frog statues placed in positions where
one would usually expect to see statues of guardian lions! :O
And can you see a pig and snake in this photo
along with foxes, guardian lions and what I'd
presume is a divine being, even if its form is
human, and yet more torii?